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FNRL clean-up

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

THE Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) is in the process of putting their house in order after some employees were found to be misusing funds.

FNRL chairman Reverend Immanuel Reuben revealed some staff had been let go and new staff had been brought in as part of the overhaul.

He said it had been something the FNRL needed for a long time as the funds needed to go where it was needed for development work and for the betterment of the players.

"We want credibility, honesty and accountability," Rev Reuben said.

"This year, we are going to be very serious when it comes to financial matters."

Rev Reuben also announced that the board had appointed Joeli Savou as the new operations manager.

"Also, the first lot of staff have completed their probation while the next lot just started their probation."

Savou said he would need to work very hard to achieve the results by his predecessors but not do anything that would bring disrepute to the FNRL.

"It's going to be a big challenge for me because there are big shoes to fill," he said.

"But I hope to do my best to keep the sport moving forward in a positive direction."

Meanwhile, a grant of $27,000 from the Fiji National Sports Commission allowed the FNRL to conduct development clinics in the Northern Division in a bid to introduce the sport to the people there.

"A new competition in the North is the greatest achievement by the FNRL so far this year with assistance from the commission.

"There will be a competition at Dreketi this Saturday where 10 teams will compete and the chief guest would be Commission chairman Peter Mazey.

"Years of hard work are now bearing fruits and this is thanks to the development work done by Joe Rabele, Sonny Blake and Isikeli Narawa."

Rev Reuben said they hoped to take the main competition to the Northern Division to increase the profile of the sport.

"We are thinking of taking the last round of games of the Vodafone Cup Top 8 competition to the North in June.

"We want to get the people of the North involved in rugby league and also unearth some hidden talents there."

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